Chintz has been making a comeback after decades of banishment. Once a standard in interior design, especially for upholstery and drapes, this glazed fabric usually featured floral prints on a light-colored background.
Things have changed!
Today’s chintz can feature any number of patterns, from basic floral to vivid Chinoise or toile. Waverly’s Empress Chintz Lemongrass fabric marries chintz fabric with a fresh design in yellow, gray and cream that would be at home in a contemporary living room.
Of course, those classic chintz designs are still around. There’s a romantic style to classic floral patterns of Brunschwig and Fils Elspeth, or Tessa that can’t be duplicated by any other fabric.
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The timelessness of chintz is part of its appeal, adding softness to any room. Whether you go with today’s new patterns and colors or traditional florals, decorating with chintz adds a warm, welcoming touch. Particularly in summer, a bright floral against a white background feels cool and crisp.
Once upon a time, chintz was splashed across every chair, curtain, couch, ottoman and even the walls of many homes, bathing the rooms in a single design. Today, using chintz for a single sofa or pair of chairs is enough to bring a fresh lightness to a room. In the bedroom, use chintz for a canopied bed – and let it take center stage rather than fade into the background against floral walls.
For a simple decorating project, try recovering your dining chairs with chintz.
Mix it up
A combination of chintz patterns can make a room feel more balanced and trendy. A striped chintz pattern on a sofa with floral-patterned chairs looks fabulous and chic in the living room. Not ready to commit? Why not try chintz slipcovers? You’ll create a new look and add years of use to your upholstery.
For the budget-conscious, try adding chintz throw pillows for a dash of floral elegance. For an eclectic look, fill a sofa with chintz pillows in different patterns. To lend a romantic softness, hang pairs of chintz curtain panels that softly puddle on the floor, or create a colorful chintz slipcover for your headboard.